Brook Hill sends two to NCAA Division II

Bullard Brook Hill seniors Gunnar Dorsey (left)?and Jared Dickey (right)?signed to play football at NCAA Division II?schools next to the TAPPS Division III state championship trophy they helped the Guard win on Thursday at the Kyle Lake Athletic Center. Dorsey will play at Texas A&M?Kingsville and Dickey will play at Henderson State. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

BULLARD — Jared Dickey and Gunnar Dorsey became all-state players on a state championship team playing for the Bullard Brook Hill Guard.

Next year, they’ll be known as Reddies and Javelinas, respectively.

Dickey and Dorsey inked scholarships to play football at NCAA Division II schools on Thursday at Brook Hill’s Kyle Lake Athletic Center. Dickey will go north to play at Henderson State while Dorsey will head south for Texas A&M Kingsville.

With Dickey at tight end blocking for running back Dorsey, the two helped pave the way for Brook Hill’s TAPPS Division III state championship.

“The scheme that we had with Gunnar running and Jared blocking in the state championship game was a good combination for us,” Guard coach Terry Pirtle said of the duo, who were both second-team All-East Texas selections.

So when the two signed their letters of intent next to the championship trophy, Dorsey couldn’t have imagined a better scenario.

“Words can’t describe that,” Dorsey said. “Me and Jared are really close. With that trophy being there and him next to me — it’s just perfect.”

Dorsey will switch to tight end at A&M Kingsville, which he said he chose for the new facilities being built and the people there, with its proximity to the beach an added bonus.

“It feels amazing,” he said of signing for the Javelinas, a small, wild hog. “It’s just all my hard work in my entire life finally paid off.”

Dorsey racked up 1,742 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns to be named first-team all state as a senior. His running improved as the season wore on, particularly in the playoffs.

“His improvement was a big reason we peaked at the right time this year,” Pirtle said. “We started running the ball with authority. We’re just blessed to have him.”

Dorsey, who said he hopes to become a tight end in the mold of Jason Witten, chose A&M Kingsville over Midwestern State and Mississippi College, among others.

Dickey already knows what it’s like to be a tight end, having been named first-team all-state at both tight end and linebacker in 2011. He’ll play outside linebacker for Henderson State, which he chose over NCAA D-III offers.

Dickey said he wants to prove himself at the next level.

“Private schools get looked down on sometimes; they say it’s not real football,” Dickey said. “I want to go and prove everyone wrong and show I can play football, and just go out there and turn into a beast.”

The Reddie nickname originated from the red uniforms the football team wore after the school was established in 1905. The name grew in significance in 1914 when the school burned down and the students opted to stay and help rebuild the university, defining the Reddie spirit.

Dickey said he’s excited about becoming a Reddie, especially with a few friends of his that will enroll at the Arkadelphia, Ark., school, including former Jacksonville High School and Tyler Junior College quarterback Ryan Black.

“I’m glad I ended up where I did,” Dickey said.

On defense, Dickey led the Guard with 15 sacks to go with 33 tackles for loss among his 123 total tackles. He returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown, recorded a safety and hauled in 26 catches for 445 yards on offense. 

Dickey follows in his older brother Heath’s footsteps, who will be a junior offensive lineman at Georgetown next fall. His younger brother, Mason, is receiving some Division I interest as an offensive lineman prior to his senior year next fall, Pirtle said.

“The whole Dickey family has been a blessing for Brook Hill,” Pirtle said. “The kids are wonderful athletes and gifted students.”


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